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Foundation teams up with UWE to deliver inclusive sport extravaganza

As the on-field season came to a close and May began, the already blossoming relationship between Bristol Rugby Community Foundation and UWE Bristol took another hugely exciting step forward.

On Friday, May 4th, 80 students from local special needs and disability schools from across three counties attended the DICE Primary Schools event at the Frenchay campus, delivered by specialist coaches from the Foundation’s Spectrum team and local sports specialist (Claremont School teacher) Matt Donovan.

An event initiated and fully embraced by the sports development team at my UWE, the day saw students from Elmfield School for the Deaf, Claremont, New Siblands, Venturers’ Academy, Warmley Park, West Haven and Woodstock School come together for an inclusive carousel of sporting activity.

“It’s great to be in a partnership with Bristol Rugby Community Foundation,” said Tamara Getter, UWE Sport Development Officer.  

“The partnership maximises both organisations’ strengths, enabling us to deliver a high quality, inclusive programme to a wider audience. It was great to welcome the children to UWE for such a fantastic event.”

“It was so exciting to see so many kids having so much fun trying new sports and making new friends, and all at such a high-level sports facility. The relationship we are developing with UWE around Wheelchair Basketball is exciting in itself, and this simply take it to another level for inclusive delivery across the city.”

Kris Tavender, Spectrum Project programme manager

Featuring invasion games and tag rugby, Boccia and New Age Kurling, basketball, football and striking games - almost 20 hours of inclusive sport was delivered in the day by the specialist coaches.

“It was so exciting to see so many kids having so much fun trying new sports and making new friends, and all at such a high-level sports facility,” said Spectrum Project programme manager, Kris Tavender.

“The relationship we are developing with UWE around Wheelchair Basketball is exciting in itself, and this simply take it to another level for inclusive delivery across the city.”

For more information on Inclusive School Sport sessions, festivals or Wheelchair Basketball contact ktavender@bristolrugby.co.uk.


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